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Author Allison, Sarah (Sarah Danielle), author.

Title Reductive reading : a syntax of Victorian moralizing / Sarah Allison.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.


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 UniM Bail  820.900801 ALLI    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 172 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-165) and index.
Contents 1 In Defense of Reading Reductively p. 15 -- 2 Shockingly Subtle Criticism of the London Quarterly Review, 1855-1861 p. 36 -- 3 Relative Clauses and the Narrative Present Tense in p. 61 / George Eliot -- 4 Generalization and Declamation p. 89 / Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Present-Tense Poetics -- 5 A Moral Technology: Speech Tags in Charles Dickens's Dialogue p. 110.
Summary "An intervention into what Rita Felski has called "the method wars," Sarah Allison's Reductive Reading is among the surprisingly few books that apply new computational digital humanities methods to a specific field. The book is a manifesto for and a model of how digital analysis can provide daringly simple approaches to complex literary problems. Reductive Reading contributes to Victorian studies, as well as to studies in the novel and narrative, by introducing a computational perspective to debates about the value of fiction and the ethical representation of people in literature. Its analyses examine how patterns that form little part of our conscious experience of reading nevertheless structure our experience of books, and how linguistic patterns in moral commentary or the representation of dialogue comment on the story in the process of narrating it. Reductive Reading reveals a counterintuitive truth about criticism: that one of the most powerful ways to generate subtle reading is to be reductive; that is, to design projects with the questions up front, with a clear statement of how we propose to find the answers"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Discourse analysis, Literary -- Data processing.
Criticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Ethics in literature.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
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